When we started, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was projecting a drop in total veterans from the current 25.5 million to 14.4 million by 2033. This drop reflected mortality of World War Two/Korean War era veterans and the scaling down of the armed forces after the end of the Cold War.
We knew that this number was speculative and did not reflect the impact that recently returning veterans will have on public budgets. vCaring agrees with US experts on military medicine that the quality of veteran health care being provided is historically unparalleled. Nevertheless, the numbers are working against the government.
We support programs which the VA has identified but are outside of VA operational and budgetary constraints, such as family programs. These are programs designed to help veterans develop a supportive life environment and decrease the stigma associated with getting care.